The shots fired during the early morning hours of February 3, 1989, at the Asuncion headquarters of the presidential escort battalion presented the planet with its first blood-and-steel evidence that the year would be recorded, like 1848, as one of universal human liberation. The deposed government of Alfredo Stroessner had held power in Paraguay for close to 35 years, a political longevity then surpassed only by Bulgaria's Todor Zhivkov, North Korea's Kim ll-song, and Jordan's King Hussein.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Illustrations -- Foreword, Ronald M. Schneider -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Paraguayan History, 1524-1904 -- 3 Modern Paraguayan History: The Twentieth Century -- 4 The Paraguayan Economy -- 5 Culture and Society -- 6 Politics and Government -- 7 International Relations -- List of Acronyms -- Selected Bibliography -- Index.
RIORDAN ROETT is the Sarita and Don Johnston Professor and Director of Latin American Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The John Hopkins University. He has authored or edited numerous articles and books on Brazil's political development, including Brazil in the Sixties, The Politics of Foreign Aid in the Brazilian Northeast, Brazil in the Seventies, and three previous editions of Brazil: Politics in a Patrimonial Society.